St. Augustine Family Housing

Organization Name: New York Institute for Human Development, Association for New York Catholic Homes, with Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC

Project Title: St. Augustine Family Housing

Project Location: 571 East 167th Street, New York, NY

Project Goals:
St. Augustine Family Housing will stand on the site of a demolished neighborhood church. An iconic complement to the adjacent brick buildings and the beautiful armory nearby, the building will add 112 affordable residential units to the Fairmont/Claremont Village neighborhood of the Bronx.

Project Description:
St. Augustine Apartments is a new affordable and supportive multi-family building in the Bronx. On the site of the demolished St. Augustine’s Church, this new 12-story development will fit seamlessly into the context of the neighborhood, as the church did. The massing will follow the footprint of the old church; the highest portion will face south, characterized by a glazed facade providing spectacular views and becoming a beacon light at night. Amenities include on-site parking, a landscaped terrace, a community room, and bike storage. A large portion of the ground floor fronting Fulton Avenue will include supportive housing offices for Beacon of Hope, a Catholic Charities affiliated agency, the community/multi-use room and laundry. The ground floor receives direct daylight and has access to a landscaped front yard including a playground for resident children. Below grade space will include the bike storage and mechanical rooms.

Community Impact:
A community room will be made available to neighborhood residents. The design also includes a sustainable green approach that represents rebirth, health and vitality in the community. The building will be enrolled in the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program (MPP), and as a NYC HPD funded project, it will comply with the Enterprise Green Communities certification program. All yards are landscaped with native, drought resistant plants and trees.

Organization Description:
Magnusson Architecture and Planning is a creative design firm based in New York City. For 30 years MAP has been committed to the original intent of creating thriving and sustainable communities through excellence in design and planning. MAP endures as an award-winning, comprehensive firm specializing in the design and planning of large scale residential and mixed use developments, educational, and civic spaces. New York Institute for Human Development aids in the creation and preservation of affordable housing developments within the Archdiocese of New York. IDH provides technical assistance, consulting services, and management oversight to housing fund development corporation projects affiliated with the Association of New York Catholic Homes. IHD also serves as the developer of new affordable housing intended to serve low-income families and senior citizens.

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